“All the world’s a stage.” So said the Bard. But the Bard didn’t get invited to Whistler’s freshest theatre event, the Blank Slate Theatre Festival.
Hitting Whistler’s best alternative theatrespace at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (home to the sold-out February Joseph Boyden/Shelagh Rogers/Amanda Boyden/Steven Galloway love-in), a Festival combo pass runs for just $35, and provides entry to two plays over a choice of three nights, from Thursday August 27-Saturday August 29.
Joseph Boyden and Shelagh Rogers fill the house at one of Whistler's best alternative theatre venues, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - soon to stage Problem Child for the inaugural Blank Slate Theatre Festival
Problem Child is the story of a young couple cooped up in a motel room waiting to hear if Children’s Services will return their baby to them. It’s a dark comedy about love, death, red-tape and drunken motel clerks. The play, funny and heartbreaking in equal measure won the Chalmers Ward for Best New Play and was written by member of the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s most widely produced playwrights, George F Walker.
Some Reckless Abandon is a one-woman show written by Leah Bailly, directed by Lori Triolo and performed by Cara Yeates.
Cara plays Madeleine, an 18 year old girl whose only hope of escaping her desparate Alberta hometown is to sign on for Teenage Jesus Summer Camp in Honduras, where she’ll learn to save souls, and pine to be busted free by her hometown cowboy.
The show comes straight from an acclaimed run at the Calgary Fringe Festival where it was hailed as one of the best shows of the Fringe, polished, professional, with a stellar script and convincing performance from Yeates.
It’s time, folks, to take back the night. Check out the Blank Slate Theatre Festival.